|As revised at the
Labor Party's First Constitutional Convention, November 13-15, 1998, Pittsburgh,
of the Party
The National Council
Representation at the Convention
We are the working people of the United States. We are the employed and
the unemployed, the native-born and the immigrant. We are the keepers of the American
Dream of equality, opportunity, and fairness. We do the work of building and sustaining
the nation, but we do not enjoy our fair share of the wealth we create. We make the
country run, but we have little say in running the country.
We believe in a country that affirms the dignity of work, the value of
community, and the importance of working people and their families to the prosperity of
We believe in a country where a job is a constitutional right, everyone
must be paid a living wage, and no one can be fired unjustly.
We believe in a country where the right to organize a union, to speak
freely and to be treated fairly at work is the law of the land and protected by the
We believe in a country where the needs of our families do not have to be
neglected because of the demands of our jobs.
We believe in a country where the opinions of others are tolerated,
bigotry and discrimination are rejected, and everyone enjoys equal opportunity and the
equal protection of the laws without prejudice.
We believe in a country where the hungry are fed, the sick are treated,
the homeless are housed, and those who want to learn are educated. We believe in a country
that honors and respects the human rights of workers in all other lands, as well as our
We believe in a country where taxes are fair.
We believe in a country governed by the people and for the people.
The name of the party shall be the Labor Party.
Individual membership shall be open to anyone who agrees to abide by the
Constitution of the Labor Party.
Organizational membership shall
be open to International Unions, locals, districts, lodges or any other designation
rendered by an International Union; state federation and central labor bodies; and other
organizations deemed worker-supportive by the National Council of the Labor Party. Such
unions and organizations shall, by an official act, accept and abide by the Constitution
and principles of the Labor Party.
The definition of a union shall include any group that carries on
collective bargaining, workplace representational activity or concerted activity.
III The National Council
The National Council: Purpose
The National Council shall be the governing body of the Labor Party
between Conventions. It shall have full authority to issue policy statements in the name
of the Labor Party, consonant with the decisions of the Conventions of the Labor Party; to
initiate policy statements consonant with the philosophy of the Labor Party in matters not
yet considered by the Convention; and to establish standing and ad hoc committees of the
At all meetings of the National Council, no less than one third of its
members shall constitute a quorum.
Should the position of a member of the National Council become vacant
for any reason whatsoever, the organization represented by that individual shall provide a
The membership of the National Council shall reflect the diversity of
our respective memberships, and shall be consistent with the principles set forth in the
preamble. If, when all requirements set forth in this Article have been met, and the
preceding principle is not attained, the National Council is directed to select from the
Labor Party membership such persons to serve on the Council who will reflect the diversity
of our membership.
The National Council must meet at least once a year.
The National Council: Representation
Each affiliating International Union or its equivalent as defined in Article II, Section 2 of this Constitution shall be
entitled to and shall designate a minimum of one person to serve on the National Council
provided that at least one percent of its membership has joined the Labor Party.
Each affiliating State AFL-CIO Federation shall be entitled to and shall
designate a minimum of one person to serve on the National Council, provided that at least
20 percent of its affiliates are members in good standing of the Labor Party.
Each affiliating central labor body, and any other equivalent structure,
such as district councils, joint councils, etc. shall be entitled to elect a minimum of
one person to serve on the National Council, provided that 20 percent of its affiliates
are members in good standing of the Labor Party.
An affiliating local union with over 2,500 members shall be entitled to
designate a minimum of one person to serve on the National Council, provided that at least
500 of its members or one percent of its membership, whichever is larger, are members in
good standing of the Labor Party.
Each state or multi-state party organization shall be entitled to elect
a minimum of one person to serve on the National Council, provided that it has a minimum
of 1000 Labor Party members in good standing.
Each county party organization shall be entitled to elect a minimum of
one person to serve on the National Council, provided that it has at least 1000 Labor
Party members in good standing.
Worker supportive organizations, as defined in Article II, Section 2, that are national in scope,
or for particular reasons are regional in scope, shall be entitled to elect a minimum of
one person to serve on the National Council provided that it has at least 500 members or
one percent of its members, whichever is larger, Labor Party members in good standing.
No individual may represent on the National Council more than one
organization as described in this Article.
Each affiliating organization, as described in Sections 6 through 12,
will be entitled to (1) one vote.
IV Executive Board
The National Council shall establish an Executive Board which shall have
authority to conduct and administer the affairs and business of the Labor Party between
meetings of the National Council, and to issue statements in the name of the Labor Party,
subject to report and approval by the National Council.
The National Council shall establish the number of Executive Board
The National Council shall establish and elect officers, define their
term of office, duties and procedures for removal, if any. The chief officer shall
interpret the Constitution. Any such interpretation may be overruled by a majority vote of
all members voting at any meeting of the National Council, the Executive Board or the
Upon prior approval of the National Council, the Executive Board shall
have the authority to incur credit and loan obligations as required for the proper conduct
of Labor Party affairs. Such undertakings shall be executed by the chief officer and chief
The Executive Board shall appoint a National Organizer who shall direct
the Labor Partys activity on a day-to-day basis. The National Organizer will act in
consonance with the policies and philosophies of the Labor Party as adopted by the
The Executive Board shall establish departments to carry out the work of
the Labor Party and shall appoint the necessary staff who shall be responsible to the
National Organizer. The Executive Board shall establish an annual operating budget for the
purposes of day to day operations, including but not limited to establishing salaries,
benefits, etc. for the National Organizer and staff, subject to prior approval of the
Members of the National Council and the Executive Board shall receive no
salary from the Labor Party.
The Labor Party shall be national
in scope and can include national, state, county, city, district, precinct, parish, ward
and/or any other equivalent structures.
The National Council shall have the power to issue or revoke party
charters, subject to appeal to the Grievance and Appeals Committee of the Convention as
established in Article VIII, Section 3.
The purpose of the state party organization and its subordinate
bodies/chapters is to:
(a) organize members, and promote the activities and policies of the Labor
Party in its appropriate jurisdictions;
(b) elect delegates to Labor Party convocations.
Each state party organization shall
establish its own by-laws, which shall establish the number of officers and their duties.
By-laws adopted by state party organizations shall be consistent with this Constitution
and be submitted to the National Council for approval.
The state party organization shall issue or revoke charters to
subordinate bodies/chapters as defined in Section 1 of
this Article. Charters issued or revoked by state party organizations are subject to
review by the National Council. The National Council retains the right to abrogate the
issuance of such charters if such issuance violates any section or intent of this
Constitution, subject to appeal to the Grievance and Appeals Committee of the Convention
as established in Article VIII, Section 3.
Each subordinate body of a state party organization shall follow the
same procedures as stated in Section 4 of this Article.
Dues, application fees and other charges set forth in this Article shall
be submitted directly to the national office on a timely basis as established by the
Dues for individual membership shall be $20.00 per year. Dues for
unemployed members, retirees and members earning less than $10.00 per hour shall be $10.00
per year. Striking and locked out workers shall pay no dues.
Affiliation fees for International Unions as defined in Article II shall be $10,000 per year.
Affiliation fees for state labor federations shall be $1,000 per year.
Affiliation fees for central labor bodies shall be $500 per year. This
amount may be modified downward by the National Council in case of hardship.
Affiliation fees for unions, locals, districts, councils, lodges and
other equivalents shall be as follows:
100 members and under - $50 per year
101 - 500 members - $100 per year
501 - 2500 members - $250 per year
2501 - 5000 members - $500 per year.
5001 & above members - $1,000 per year
Each state party/chapter organization may establish a dues structure for
its membership separate from the dues structure set forth in this Article.
The Executive Board shall institute audits of state party organizations
and their subordinate bodies whenever it deems appropriate. State party organizations and
their subordinate bodies shall keep appropriate financial records in accordance with
standard accounting practices. The national Labor Party shall be subject to an annual
certified audit and shall keep appropriate financial records.
The chief officer, chief financial officer and any employees responsible
for financial transactions shall be bonded.
The annual certified audit of the national Labor Party shall be made
available to any member who makes a written request, at the expense of the member making
the request. A one page summary of the annual certified audit shall be published annually
in the official publication of the national Labor Party.
The Executive Board shall have the authority to reduce or waive an
affiliation fee on the grounds of hardship/emergency.
The Labor Party shall hold its next convention in the spring of 2002.
The National Council may call a special Convention if and when it deems
The Convention shall be the supreme governing body of the Labor Party
and shall have final authority in all matters of national policy, program and
The National Council shall give at least 150-day notice of the date and
place of a regular Convention to each union organization and individual eligible to attend
the Convention. Notice to individuals may be satisfied by publication of the Convention
Call in the official publication of the Labor Party. In the case of a special Convention
the National Council shall give at least 30 days notice of the date and place of the
Resolutions for submission to a regular Convention must be submitted to
the chief officer, no less than 60 days prior to the Convention date.
(a) Resolutions may be submitted by any affiliated organization or member
of the Labor Party.
(b) The National Council of the Labor Party or the Resolution Committee of
the Convention may, with the consent of the Convention, present emergency resolutions to
Constitutional amendments must be submitted to the chief officer no less
than 60 days prior to a regular Convention. Constitutional amendments may be submitted by
any affiliated organization of the Labor Party. In order to amend the Constitution a
two-thirds vote of the Delegates seated at the Convention is required.
The Executive Board shall adopt the appropriate forms for the submission
of resolutions and constitutional amendments and distribute them with the call to the
Convention. The Resolutions form shall also be published with the Convention Call in the
official publication of the Labor Party.
Article VIII Representation at the Convention
Each delegate to a Convention shall be an individual member in good
standing of the Labor Party.
All members of the National Council shall be delegates to the
Convention. The National Council shall apportion the delegate strength to the Convention
and adopt the rules for delegate credentials.
A Rules Committee, Constitution,
Credentials, Grievance and Appeals, Organizing and Resolution Committees shall be
appointed by the Executive Board prior to a Convention. Rules developed by the Rules
Committee shall be submitted to the Convention for their adoption as the first order of
business. Roberts Rules of Order shall apply to all matters not covered by the adopted